let’s take a trip to maison acacia.
by victoria comment

5/25/21

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

located in the historic center of La Ciotat, a town on France’s Mediterranean coast close to the port, beaches, creeks, and the gateway to france’s picturesque Calanques National Park we find maison acacia, an 18th-century french townhouse that’s been lovingly renovated and transformed into a home away from home with four guest units all decorated beautifully and available to rent on airbnb. think a location similar to the French Riviera, but perhaps a bit lesser-known, charmingly picturesque town with plenty to see and do (it’s the birthplace of cinema and pètanque — two of France’s pride and joys) all bordered by long and beautiful beaches. i recently saw this special getaway featured on milk magazine and then took a deep dive into their instagram account @maison_acacia_laciotat for even more swoon-worthy photos. now i just need to figure out how soon i can get there!

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

let's take a trip to maison acacia french guest home. / sfgirlbybay

• photography courtesy of maison acacia.

minimalist beach retreat.
by victoria comment

5/24/21

minimalist beach retreat design / sfgirlbybay

i guess i just have beach shacks on my mind lately because i’m back with some ideas for the modern but very minimalist beach retreat. not your average, kitschy beach shack, per se, but something just a little bit more sophisticated — think of it as a combination of laid back, casual comfort, and the elevated style of some mid-century modern classics. i’m always hunting for new furnishings and accessories for my laguna cottage and ended up down this internet rabbit hole pairing vintage surf memorabilia, bamboo and rattan, layered textiles, pampas grass, and palm fronds. stylish surf is up!

minimalist beach retreat design inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

woven outdoor chair. / sfgirlbybay

woven wicker chair with bent metal legs. / sfgirlbybay

floor sofa cushions in whitewashed space. / sfgirlbybay

rattan sofa via sunday shop / sfgirlbybay

minimalist beach retreat homewares and accessories / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: h & m Folding wooden stool; sunday shop parasol pendant shade with fringe; @ndiehomecollective woven squab cushions; equater journal; cooper hewitt collection; Greek Rattan Lampshade from indie home collective; tile from tabarka studio; the beach people linen tableware; Natural seagrass Wall deco from zoco home; surfboard via billabong; Glass and rattan candle holder from h & m; sunday shop moroccan hat lamp shade.

beach shack with twin beds and mosquito nets. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist beach retreat design inspiration. / sfgirlbybay

modern bench with abstract art print and dried grass in vase. / sfgirlbybay

Melody Rattan Storage Cabinet / sfgirlbybay

minimalist beach retreat design ideas / sfgirlbybay

clockwise, from l to r: serena & lily Scallop Side Table; equator journal; serena & lily Palisades Chair; urban outfitters Miriam Woven Stool; lili claspe; urban outfitters Kelsey Rattan Hanging Chair; vintage rattan loveseat from super marché; equator journal; urban outfitters Marisol Coffee Table; iggy & burt; inspiration board by kara rosenlund; vintage stoneware vase from super marché.

vintage chair and minimalist wall mounted table. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist beach retreat homewares and accessories / sfgirlbybay

woven wicker chairs with wrought iron bases. / sfgirlbybay

canvas hammock in modern beach shack. / sfgirlbybay

• all other photography credits in order of appearance: bamboo chairs via republiek bloemendaal; room divider via architectural digest espana; Masekela Oversized Lounger via @villastyling; hawkins new york icon lounge chair; @ndiehomecollective woven squab cushions; Vintage 3-piece rattan sofa from the sunday shop; @conservacollective; room divider via architectural digest espana; the g is for maryurban outfitters Melody Rattan Storage Cabinet; casala chair via leanne ford interiors; Lampe Tribal by @t.i.n.j.a; Detail from a specimen booklet for Garamond via @letterformarchive; Urban Renewal Vintage Woven Basket Chairs; Nanimarquina Wellbeing Hammock by Ilse Crawford, 1stdibs New York.

friday finds.
by victoria comment

5/21/21

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

welcome to this week’s friday finds — a very eclectic mix of design indeed. the sun has finally come out this week and it’s really improved my mood, so i hope your weather is cooperating, too and giving you some much-needed vitamin d. now that most of us are fully vaccinated it’s nice to get outside and appreciate all this sunshine. have a great weekend everyone!

xo, victoria

  1. i recently discovered the pretty interior photography of erin kelly via designer leanne ford’s pottery studio, which she recently photographed. this pretty photograph is of her own home, however, and the clever and very humorous caption kills me. her’s is definitely an instagram feed to follow.
  2. this is such a charming dining room space from @frejabakpetersen. i always love a japanese paper lantern (they’re so affordable!) and i love the creamy vintage fiberglass chairs, too. just a simple, but very effective mix.
  3. light locations in the U.K. has some amazing interiors to rent for photoshoots and this bedroom is one of my favorites. i love the very eclectic collection of vintage paintings along that picture rail. stunning.
  4. this gorgeous tile is was first caught my attention but i then discovered it’s an Italian villa called Villa Pia is on the Umbrian Tuscan border that’s now been repurposed as a location for creative retreats — i’d love to enjoy the luxury of this pretty boutique hotel in the atmosphere of a creative house party.
  5. i’m really embracing this style of layering a simple white sofa with a mismatched combo of floral mattress and striped pillow styled by sibella court. i’m thinking of doing this with my ever slipcovered sofa to make a summer seasonal change. check her shop the society inc. for more of her lovely textiles.
  6. i’m also loving the look of layering vintage area rugs and moroccan carpets. they don’t have to match, in fact, mismatched prints, patterns, and colors look even more interesting. take this hallway for instance — without the rugs, i don’t think it would look nearly as stylish. the white floors with the pink rugs is pretty great, too.
  7. i’ve always loved this home tour of designer liseanne frankfurt’s historic l.a. home courtesy of the coveteur. every time i view it i see something new to inspire me, like this little vignette of treasured collectibles. i love the sea fan paired with the mid-century modern pink lamp!
  8. i love sneak peeks into artist and designer’s studio spaces and this studio belongs to none other than Russian architect Konstantin Melnikov, in his very famous cylindrical house in moscow. i’ve been trying to discern just what that inspiration/note board is created out of because i just love it — looks like it’s just perhaps plywood or cardboard but it’s super cool.

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

friday finds / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris.
by victoria comment

5/20/21

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

all right, mes amies, we are hopping on an aeroplane and heading off to the continent. i need some coffee — good coffee — so we’re headed to my favorite parisian neighborhood to a quiet street in west Le Marais to café loustic, a charming espresso bar and cafe in Paris, France. j’adore the laid back, cozy ambiance here and it’s just the spot to linger with coffee and a good book after a day of shopping (on foot!) all over le marias. we’re going casual but classically french in our favorite denim jeans, a traditional blue blazer over an easy tank top and we’re adding a dramatic wide-brimmed straw hat for fun and some cute but very comfortable slip-on clogs for all that walking. i think a good read here might be The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris. it’s an unforgettable story including romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together and the extraordinary heroism that’s often found in the quietest of places. bon voyage.

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: cos slim-fit tanktop; anthropologie Ribbon-Trimmed Rancher; j.crew Regent blazer in four-season stretch; Madewell Evelyn Slide Clogs; Le Specs Air Heart Sunglasses; Mansur Gavriel Compact Zip Case wallet; read this there The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles; anthropologie Chan Luu Lucky Fish Charm Pendant Necklace; urban outfitters Natalie Mini Tote Bag; madewell Cali Demi-Boot Jeans in Bodney Wash; madewell Bandana Scarf in navy.

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: café loustic paris / sfgirlbybay

pottery studio of my dreams.
by victoria comment

5/19/21

leanne ford's pottery studio of my dreams / sfgirlbybay

one thing i did right before we went into last year’s long quarantine was a pottery class at the row dtla’s still life ceramics. i’d never done pottery before and i found it to be both so relaxing and very creatively rewarding at the same time. i’ve been longing to get back into it, and hope to soon, so when i saw leanne ford’s new home pottery studio i got very green with envy. featured on domino, leanne has taken an old henhouse on their historic Pittsburgh property (where she’s recently moved back to with her family) and turned it into a rustic, funky and very charming pottery studio of her very own. photographed beautifully Pittsburgh-based interiors and lifestyle photographer and stylist Erin Kelly, i love the idea of having a space of my own just like this. leanne did a whole lot of clean-up (watch here!) but left the historic bones and gave it her signature super style. for more, follow @leannefordinteriors on instagram and check out the full inspiring story on domino.

leanne ford's pottery studio of my dreams / sfgirlbybay

leanne ford's pottery studio of my dreams / sfgirlbybay

leanne ford's pottery studio of my dreams / sfgirlbybay

leanne ford's pottery studio of my dreams / sfgirlbybay

leanne ford's pottery studio of my dreams / sfgirlbybay

leanne ford's pottery studio of my dreams / sfgirlbybay

• Photography by Erin Kelly for domino.